100 Things

My head is swimming, mostly good things. I could probably write a post for each of them, but I don’t have time. So tonight is one of those disjointed glimpses of my reality. Bullet points & all:

– I am a darn good cook. I didn’t know that until recently, but it’s true. I’m having a blast trying others’ recipes and learning more about flavor combinations as I go to then create my own. My head is teeming with recipe ideas and I run across new recipes daily that I want to try. I hope the delicious food inspiration never runs out. But I need a bigger kitchen.

– Skyler is so much fun. She’s a pill, a jagged one at times, yes, but when it’s good, it’s REAL good. We’ve had two fantastic weekends in a row where she’s been on pretty good behavior. She survived a seven hour CrossFit competition in the gymnasium of a church with nothing but Pink Bear. People complimented me in amazement that she stuck that out and didn’t cry or misbehave. Probably because I held the promise of going to see a movie over her head, but hey, it worked! And we had a blast at the movie (Alvin & the Chipmunks “Chipwrecked”). And she says the funniest things. A song came on the radio the other day and she said “I like this song because it reminds me of eating cookies.” The song was “Two is Better Than One.” I about died of laughter when she said that.

– My husband is amazing. He competed in the aforementioned CrossFit competition and took 8th in the mens’ division out of over fifty participants, many of whom are the best in the area. I’m constantly amazed at his strength and drive. Others at the gym said they are inspired by him that he practices what he preaches, and I couldn’t agree more.

– My fellow CrossFit friends are amazing. I saw them do things they didn’t think they could do this weekend at the competition, and I saw them gather around, encourage, and lift up teammates who didn’t think they could do any more. It was an awesome experience of community, inspiration, and motivation. I’m so thankful we can do things like this as a family. I can only hope and imagine what growing up in this life can do for Skyler as she grows up. I hope she grows up confident, believing she can do anything, with that drive to be her best and help those around her be their best.

– I’m wishing for a new lens for my camera. I know what I want, I just need to figure out how to get it, because it’s not cheap. Like it costs about three times as much as my camera and stock lens together. Hoping maybe my new blog about paleo recipes can bring in a few bucks to fund that wishlist item.

– This Winter has been surprisingly awesome in terms of weather. Today it was 55 degrees and thunderstorming. It felt like Spring. We’ve had only a handful of days in the twenties, and less than an inch of snow. I hope this doesn’t mean we get a late Winter that lasts through April.

– I’ve often struggled with my lack of enthusiasm and rainbows and sparkles and butterflies that are supposed to exist in the motherhood realm. Then I read this awesome blog post about parenting, and I knew I wasn’t weird and not alone. Her words described my feelings about motherhood exactly. Reading it was a huge sigh of relief that there wasn’t something wrong with me.

– Life is good. It’s far from perfect but we are doing our best to live it fully – reaching for more, trying new things, expecting the best of each other. I’m truly thankful for this life God has blessed me with.

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